Sen. Moran Joins Full Senate in Calling on DHS, DOJ, FBI to Address Threats to Jewish Institutions “Kansans know too well the pain that anti-Semitic attacks can inflict on an entire community – we remember the lives tragically lost in the 2014 attacks at Jewish buildings in Overland Park.
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 17,2017 - Sen. Moran Joins Full Senate in Calling on DHS, DOJ, FBI to Address Threats to Jewish Institutions
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently joined the full United States Senate in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey urging them to take action in response to the recent rise in anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and other Jewish institutions.
“The recent incidents of vandalism and recurring bomb threats made against Jewish schools, synagogues, cemeteries and community centers are deeply troubling,” said Sen. Moran. “Kansans know too well the pain that anti-Semitic attacks can inflict on an entire community – we remember the lives tragically lost in the 2014 attacks at Jewish buildings in Overland Park. The entire United States Senate has joined together to condemn recent threats, request that the FBI, DHS and DOJ take swift action and work with Congress to address and prevent incidents like these, and return a sense of security to Jewish families in America.”
“These cowardly acts aim to create an atmosphere of fear and disrupt the important programs and services offered by JCCs to everyone in the communities they serve, including in our states,” wrote the senators. “We are concerned that the number of incidents is accelerating and failure to address and deter these threats will place innocent people at risk and threaten the financial viability of JCCs, many of which are institutions in their communities.”
“We encourage you to communicate with individual JCCs, the JCC Association of North America, Jewish Day Schools, Synagogues and other Jewish community institutions regarding victim assistance, grant opportunities or other federal assistance that may be available to enhance security measures and improve preparedness,” the senators continued. “We also recognize the anti-Semitic sentiment behind this spate of threats and encourage your Departments to continue to inform state and local law enforcement organizations of their obligations under the Hate Crime Statistics Act and other federal laws.”
Please find below and here the text of the full letter.
March 7, 2017
Dear Secretary Kelly, Attorney General Sessions, and Director Comey:
We write to underscore the need for swift action with regard to the deeply troubling series of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Jewish Day Schools, Synagogues and other buildings affiliated with Jewish organizations or institutions across the country. We thank you for your recent efforts and ask that you inform us of the actions that your Departments plan to take to address threats against these and other religious institutions. We stand ready to work with you to ensure that these centers can continue to serve their communities free from violence and intimidation.
It has become clear that threats of violence against individual JCCs are not isolated incidents. According to the Jewish Federations of North America, in the first two months of 2017 alone, at least 98 incidents against JCCs and Jewish Day Schools at 81 locations in 33 states have been reported. These